The Wombats headlined Sheffield’s Leadmill on Saturday 11th April 2015, just two days before the release of their third album ‘Glitterbug’.
The Liverpudlian trio headed to the steel city on the fourth night of their UK tour promoting the release of their latest release.
As it had been in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester – tonight was yet another sell-out. The crowd queued around the block in eager anticipation of getting the best position to see a very popular band, who hold nostalgic memories for many with their debut and most successful album ‘A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation’ back in 2007.
There was also eager anticipation to hear tracks from the upcoming release ‘Glitterbug’, which offers their first new full-length album since for almost four years.
And ‘The Wombats’ made sure that everyone was catered for in a top-notch performance that offered up both the old, nostalgic hits and the brand new material.
Support for the evening came from Manchester band ‘Darlia’.
The British rock trio, who have previously supported Gerard Way on tour, gave a superb showing to the Sheffield crowd with tracks including ‘I’ve Never Been To Ohio’, ‘Queen of Hearts’ and the particularly catchy ‘Dear Diary’.
Their grunge style was very effective, and singer Nathan Day’s somewhat unique vocals helped to create an interesting and enjoyable sound. ‘Darlia’ are without doubt a band to watch out for in the coming years.
With the support act finished, it was now time for the main event and the reason why hundreds of people had crammed themselves inside one of Sheffield’s most famous venues.
‘The Wombats’ were greeted to the stage by a huge cheer and went on to prove their worth over the next hour with one of the most energetic performances to hit the Leadmill stage.
The stage was engulfed by flashing light effects as the audience bounced along to new tracks such as ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’, ‘Greek Tragedy’ and ‘Give Me A Try’.
In addition, the trio also performed older material as the burst around the stage with seemingly never-ending energy. Tracks included ‘Techno Fan’, ‘1996’ and ‘Jump Into The Frog’, but the highlights of the evening were provided by their earliest release.
‘Moving To New York’ – one of ‘The Wombats’ biggest hits, had everyone in the room singing along and jumping around, clearly loving every single moment.
And after leaving the stage briefly before inevitably returning for the encore, they finished off in style.
After thanking the crowd for dancing along this evening, they announced that everyone should now dance to Joy Division…and they did just that, bursting the room into life one final time with ‘Lets Dance To Joy Division.’